Whether it’s been years or hours since you last strapped on a pair of roller skates, I’d venture to guess that you had a blast while they were on. Skating is an excellent way to have fun with friends at any age. But outside of providing a great time, did you know that roller skating is also a great form of exercise?
Yes, indeed! Adding roller skating, whether it’s with quad skates or inline skates, to your normal exercise routine offers a ton of health benefits that you probably never thought if! Not only is it a great cardiovascular workout but also improves your balance, endurance, and lower body strength. Think about it. Each time you skate out onto the rink you’re jamming out to the music, trying to lap your friends, and having a blast, all while your heart rate gradually rises. You don’t even realize you’re getting a high-energy aerobic workout that is comparable to running at 10 mph or more, probably because the stress that your body takes on from skating is far less than that of running or jogging.
So now that your heart rate is up, what else is skating providing you? Well, think about how your legs and hips feel toward the end of a song. Your thighs, hips, and calves all work together to keep you moving forward and staying upright. You’re actually doing strength training, using your own momentum and body weight, while rocking out to your favorite tunes at Playland! Plus, the more you skate, the easier it it will be to stay out on the floor for extended periods of time. As your cardiovascular health and strength are heightened, your endurance will also improve. So while first-time skaters may need to take a breather after a few laps, a more experienced skater can keep going!
Finally, what do you get when you combine strength training, endurance training, and improved cardiovascular health? Weight loss! Believe it or not, roller skating for 25 minutes, three times a week can burn upwards of 750 calories. Who needs the treadmill anyway?
Lucky for you, Playland Skate Center is the perfect place to boost your weekly amount of exercise and have fun at the same time. We have a number of open skate opportunities during the week to come burn a few calories, but our favorite would have to be the Sk8 4 Fitness sessions every Friday from 12:30 -2:00pm. Playland is the best source of skate fitness for adults and kids in Austin, Tx, so what are you waiting for?